⚡️🇷🇺Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in South Africa, where he will take part in the BRICS summit pic.twitter.com/RhjUt9jYUL
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With the sanctions on Russia, the United States succeeded in turning virtually the whole world against it.
Everyone is worried they are next.
There was no better way the US could have united the world in a strong anti-American alliance than by doing what they’ve done with this Ukraine situation.
Conversely, if they had negotiated with Russia, and painted themselves as the peace-bringers, they could have launched a global demonization campaign against Russia which would have seen some success, and certainly wouldn’t have resulted in a drastic expansion of Creepy Uncle Sam’s enemies list.
Leaders of the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – converged on Johannesburg on Tuesday for a summit where they will weigh expanding the bloc as some members push to forge it into a counterweight to the West.
Heightened global tensions provoked by the Ukraine war and a growing rivalry between China and the United States have added urgency to a drive to strengthen the bloc, which has at times suffered from internal divisions and a lack of coherent vision.
South Africa hosted China’s Xi Jinping, the leading proponent of enlarging BRICS, for a state visit on Tuesday morning ahead of meetings with the grouping’s other leaders later in the day.
Sitting beside Xi, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the two countries had “similar views” regarding expansion.
“We share your view President Xi that BRICS is a vitally important forum which plays an important role in the reform of global governance and in the promotion of multilateralism and cooperation throughout the world,” he said.
Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are also attending the Aug. 22 to 24 summit.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, wanted under an international arrest warrant for alleged war crimes in Ukraine, will not travel to South Africa and instead join virtually.
That’s a shame.
“I am confident that the upcoming summit will be an important milestone in the development of the BRICS mechanism,” Xi said shortly after his arrival in South Africa.
Beyond the enlargement question, boosting the use of member states’ local currencies is also on the summit agenda. South African organisers, however, say there will be no discussions of a BRICS currency, an idea floated by Brazil earlier this year as an alternative to dollar-dependence.
Over 40 countries have expressed interest in joining BRICS, say South African officials. Of them, nearly two dozen have formally asked to be admitted, with some expected to send delegations to Johannesburg.
The US, Europe, and Japan are not capable of fighting the whole world.
I don’t know why they think they are.
China and Russia united are more powerful than the US, and when you add all these other countries that are circling the wagons around China and Russia, you have a situation where it’s virtually impossible that the US would be able to win a world war.
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